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LG to reportedly sell rollable OLED TVs in 2019

Following LG's recent teaser of a next-gen processor for its 2019 LG OLED TV line-up, we’re already anticipating big (and big-screen) things from LG’s showfloor at CES in January. 

And our expectation has now been somewhat heightened as we could also see consumer-ready rollable TVs. The Korean company is planning to sell rollable TVs that can fold up like a poster for the first time next year, sources have reportedly told Bloomberg (opens in new tab).

The anonymous source said that the TVs would be able to roll up ‘automatically at the touch of a button like a garage door’.

Following its infamous Wallpaper TV, whose flexible 2.57mm-thick panel is bendy albeit not rollable, LG revealed a 77in OLED screen (pictured) last year that could be rolled up into a tube just 8cm in diameter. Initially it was produced purely for advertising signage, however if the reports are true we could see the concept become a commercially viable TV option in 2019. 

If anything like the business-ready screen, a consumer version could be 40 per cent transparent (like tinted glass). 

We’d hope a smaller screen size would hit shop shelves – the Bloomberg report mentions a 65in panel – although whatever the size we can no doubt expect eye-watering prices. After all, the 65in Wallpaper launched at £8000 (it’s now half that price).

We’ll be keeping our eyes peeled on LG’s CES showfloor in January…

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Becky is the Hi-Fi and Audio editor of What Hi-Fi? and, since her recent move to Melbourne, Australia, also the editor of Australian Hi-Fi magazine. During her eight years in the hi-fi industry, she has been fortunate enough to travel the world to report on the biggest and most exciting brands in hi-fi and consumer tech (and has had the jetlag and hangovers to remember them by). In her spare time, Becky can often be found running, watching Liverpool FC and horror movies, and hunting for gluten-free cake.